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Created by Bill Lawrence for NBC and later airing on ABC, Scrubs is a comedy series that ran for eight seasons with its main characters and a ninth with a new cast. The show follows the life of medical doctor J.D., played by Zach Braff, at Sacred Heart teaching hospital as he navigates the difficulties of working his way up through the hospital from a lowly intern to a full-fledged doctor.

Although the show is generally comedic, it regularly incorporates touching scenes and drama alongside its more humorous and ridiculous elements. The half-hour episodes are usually internally narrated at the start and finish by the main character J.D., with other characters' insights throughout. Each episode is usually self-contained and covers a theme in the professional and personal lives of J.D. and others at the hospital, though story arcs sometime stretch over several episodes or even seasons. The series is also known for J.D.'s recurring bizarre day-dream cut-away sequences and its unique point of view as a telling of J.D.'s personal experiences.

The series features a large cast of regulars including doctor Elliot Reed (Sarah Chalke), with whom J.D. shares an on-again off-again relationship throughout the series, as well as J.D.'s best friend, the surgeon Christopher Turk (Donald Faison), with whom he is very close. Turk's relationship and eventual marriage to head nurse Carla (Judy Reyes) comprises a major storyline in the show. J.D. spends a lot of time trying to earn the approval of his cynical but secretly good-hearted mentor, doctor Perry Cox (John C. McGinley). Throughout his tenure, J.D. is embroiled in a strange feud with a character known only as The Janitor (Neil Flynn) that begins on J.D.'s first day at the hospital. The staff at Sacred Heart are often at odds with its Chief of Medicine, Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins), who is usually more concerned with hospital revenue then providing care. With the help of his friends, J.D. maneuvers through life, love, and fights to do right by his patients no matter the cost.

NBC
9 Seasons, 182 Episodes
October 2, 2001
Comedy, Drama
8.4/10
Cast: Donald Faison, John C. McGinley, Ken Jenkins, Zach Braff
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  • The med students of Winston University finally find something to be thankful for when Cole identifies his true calling in surgery, Drew finds the love of his life, and Lucy finds the inspiration to become a doctor.

  • When Cole and Kelso both get negative results back after a few routine tests, they learn the hard way to put their egos in check in order to rein in the support of their so-called friends.

  • Lucy is assigned "Hell Week" leader.

  • When a student is caught cheating, Dr. Cox punishes the whole class for it.

  • New realities are experienced when Lucy starts operating on people and J.D. and Elliot have their baby.

  • The medical students of Winston University must first figure out why they really want to be doctors before they can get their white coats. Meanwhile, Denise gets a few relationship advices from Elliot.

  • Wandering through the hospital, Lucy sees couples everywhere.

  • An exhausted Lucy turns to Elliot for guidance, while Turk needs a new best friend.

  • Lucy has problems practicing on live humans, while J.D. still wants to get Turk's approval.

  • J.D. and Turk have time to party, when their wives are out of town.

  • J.D. learns a lesson in teaching, when Dr. Cox and Lucy reverse their roles of teacher and student.

  • Lucy learns her first hard lesson in being a doctor.

  • While old acquaintances become teachers, new students are introduced at Sacred Heart.

  • J.D. plans to say goodbye to Sacred Heart, but will his final day stand up to his fantasy of scoring a hug from Dr. Cox or learning the Janitor's real name?

  • After 8 years J.D. is saying goodbye to Sacred Heart,but will his final day stand up to his fantasy of scoring a hug from Dr. Cox or learn the Janitor's real name? Meanwhile, apartment furnishings start arriving at J.D.'s which means Elliot wants to go to the next level in their relationship.

  • J.D. considers taking a job so he can be closer to his son and Kim.The new chief of surgery begins his new role and Gooch and Ted take their relationship to the next level.

  • J.D. plans to move closer to Sam and reaches out to Kim to make peace but learns she's dating Elliot's ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile, Turk is campaigning to be chief of surgery and rallies the troops at Sacred Heart.

  • The Janitor and Lady invite the Sacred Heart staff to their fake wedding in the Bahamas hoping to score some loot but their scheme is about to backfire.

  • A combination of a full moon and some bad luck causes Sacred Heart's new crop of interns to receive their toughest case load yet while Elliot makes an important decision regarding her future as a doctor.

  • Dr. Cox finally praises J.D., whose ego is inflated by the long-awaited recognition. Elsewhere, the interns provide insight to the senior staff.

  • Turk comes up with a new procedure to help a paralyzed teen after an inspiring episode of "SportsCenter." Meanwhile, the Janitor and Dr. Cox suffer romantic woes.

  • The new interns have to perform in a comedy show.

  • J.D. goes on a vacation.

  • As his increasing workload from being Chief of Medicine begins to take a toll, the unimaginable happens when Dr. Cox reaches out to Dr. Kelso for friendship.

  • Elliot and J.D. encounter a road block in their newfound romantic relationship, and Dr. Cox considers taking the now vacant Chief of Medicine post.

  • Featuring a special appearance from Sesame Workshop's "Muppets", J.D. learns a lesson about the gift of compassion, while Elliot gets scammed by intern Katie to secure a spot on Turk's team.

  • J.D. and Elliot's relationship seems to have been rekindled when they encourage Dr. Kelso to find his true happy place.

  • Dr. Kelso and Dr. Cox have to work together again to get rid of Dr. Maddox, while Carla faces an incompetent intern.

  • J.D. and Turk set aside a decade-long tradition to comfort a dying patient; Dr. Maddox (Courteney Cox) starts to show her true colors.

  • The new Chief of Medicine causes a stir at Sacred Heart, while J.D. struggles to maintain the new interns, and Elliot has issues with her ego.

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